Æsthetic: Mont Blanc and the Mer de Glace. Ascent of mont Blanc. The beautiful.--Chronological: The old age of continents. Obliterated continents. A grasp of geologic time.--Climatic: Geological seasons. The climate of the lake region. Mammoths and mastodons.--Historical: Salt enterprise in Michigan. A remarkable Maori manuscript.--Philosophical: The genealogy of ships. Huxley and evolution. Grounds and consequences of evolution. The metaphysics of science
Evidence reported by james-hixon for item sparksfromgeolog00winciala on December 15, 2006: visible notice of copyright; stated date is 1881.
May 24, 2012 Subject:
Two chapters, Salt Enterprise in Michigan and A Remarkable Maori Manuscript, seem to be an excellent introduction to the work of a geologist. The former is about how the author discovered the vast salt reserves in Michigan in the 1860s. The latter essay shows in detail how the “man with a hammer” works -- the medicine-men cower before the hammer of the man!
An extract from the chapter Ascent of Mont Blanc:
He [Jacques Balmat, the first ascender of Mont Blanc] sleeps at length in a crevasse. Fifty years afterward, at the age of 72, he fell from a shelf of rock into the depths of a fissure, from which his body was never recovered,— a grandiose and fitting sepulcher for the first invader of the drear solitudes of Alpine snows and ice. The ancients would have imagined that this conqueror of the mountains had disappeared in an apotheosis.